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BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition A Unique Opportunity For Emerging Talent!

Rocliffe Competitions

In 2023 we will run two competitions - TV Drama and Children and YA. SitCom and Film. will be back in 2024. All competitions are judged by readers, a script selection panel and an industry jury, selected for their proven expertise in that medium. To find out how to apply, go to T&Cs page. For any further queries feel free to contact us, we'll happily respond. Requests and comments on social media will be replied to but not as quickly.

Dates & Deadlines

Children and YA
Applications for Children and YA open on 10 Jan 2023. To apply please submit a completed online application form along with your supporting materials by 27 Feb 2023, 5pm. If you can't afford the entry fee - apply for a bursary please complete a bursary form by 15 Feb 2023. The EVENT date is April-May 2023.

TV Drama
Applications for TV Series will open July 2023. Dates to be confirmed. The EVENT date is mid-Feb 2023. 


Go to apply.bafta.org/entrant. Select ‘Register’, and register a new account, or login if you have previously used BAFTA’s application portal. Once you have registered or logged in, go to the ‘Create Application’ tab. Find ‘BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Competition – Select relevant form’. Select ‘Create a new application’ and this will take you to the application form.


Please read our terms and conditions carefully. They also serve as a guide to to apply including the submission materials. You must be a UK resident for 3 years or UK passport holder.


We have a limited number of free entries to our competitions. If you can't afford the fee apply for the bursary. Click here - note entry closes 10 days before the closing date. You have 24 hours to accept and must submit your materials.


All Writers: Are sent an acknowledgement of their entry by email on completion of application. You will not hear from us again until one month before the showcase date. Showcased writers are always contacted at the same time. Reports: Are sent via WeTransfer in the week leading up to the event date.


Three winners of the BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Initiative get: A fantastic Industry showcase with professional actors and directors, industry introductions, access to bespoke masterclasses and a tailored career planning and profile building session to provide support in navigating the industry.

Short Listed Writers: Writers whose work makes it to the final stage will be announced on the Rocliffe Newsletter and on the event handout available on the BAFTA website.